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Looking to volunteer but can’t find a place that seems inviting? Look no further than Fiji I decided that after finishing school in the summer

of 2011 I wanted to have a year out to travel before going to university. I then began looking into all the different things I could do whilst travelling and was suggested to look into volunteer work abroad. When I went back to school in September I began talking to staff and picked up various leaflets which were on offer in the sixth form study room. After reading up on various options I chose to work with Projects Abroad and to travel to Fiji. I soon signed up on the website and got myself organised with planning various fund raisers so I would be able to go for two months beginning February 2012. Arrival in Fiji I arrived at Nadi airport on the morning of Friday 3rdFebruary. As a result of arriving on a Friday and

because Monday was a national holiday, my first day of school wasn’t until Tuesday 7th February. This gave me a full weekend to get to know my room mate and my host family. I also got to meet lots of the other Projects Abroad volunteers and a few of us organised a scuba diving trip which was great. On Tuesday I left for my first day of eight full weeks at Nadi Airport School. I walked to school on my first day and was introduced to Mrs Bula the head teacher. I spent my first three full days working with a lovely first grade class. They began each lesson with reading and a couple of activities before moving onto work. Whilst they worked I was responsible for helping a couple of tables and would walk around and help them when they were having trouble with the work and encourage them if they were working slower than the others. On my first Friday, after spending the first part of the day with the first grade I was asked to help out in a second grade class. I spent the rest of the day with them and was then asked to do this every day. During my first lesson with the second grade I was introduced to a few of the girls who drew me pictures and Dec 2013

gave them to me to keep. They also asked me lots of questions about England and about my family; they were all very interested in knowing a lot about me. My Teaching Placement at Nadi Airport School I spent about 10 days working with both the classes before asking to move permanently into the second grade class. I was finding it difficult to bond with the children properly when I was only spending half a day with each class and felt like my help was needed more with the second grade. I felt much more comfortable when I had moved permanently to the second grade and began to learn the children’s names quickly and got to know them better. I spoke to my teacher about the fact that I’d brought my ukulele with me from home and was interested in taking some music lessons. She agreed and I soon began taking my ukulele into school regularly. I began by teaching them Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”. This turned out to be their favourite song and they would always be singing it to me during the day. I taught them lots of other songs, the more popular ones being Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” and Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah”. After a couple of weeks the word got round the school and I had teachers from other grades approaching

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